Seattle police say a 7-year-old girl is recovering at a Seattle hospital after she was struck by a car this morning while walking to school, an accident witnessed by fellow students.
The girl was walking with her mother and sister to Broadview-Thomson K-8 School and was in a crosswalk around 9 a.m. when she was struck by a car at Greenwood Avenue North and North 130th Street, police said.
The girl was carried about 30 feet on the hood of the car and thrown another 15 feet, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. Police said the girl’s mother also was hit, but was not injured.
Moore said the girl was bruised and bleeding, but her injuries didn’t appear to be serious. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
The driver, described by police as an elderly man, continued driving south on Greenwood Avenue North, police said. Officers located the car in a nearby parking lot.
The driver was evaluated by Seattle Fire Department medics and transported to a hospital for treatment. He was also evaluated by a drug-recognition officer for possible signs of drug or alcohol impairment, according to police. The results of those tests are pending.
Just before the accident, witnesses reported the same man had been seen driving recklessly south on Greenwood, police said.
Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Teresa Wippel said a number of students saw the incident. A letter about it was sent home with all students at the end of the day.